George William Haven, the two-time mayor of Burbank who was heavily
involved in various local organizations, died after a short illness
Wednesday in Quartz Hill.
He was 90.
Born June 1, 1912, in Michigan, Mr. Haven was a Burbank resident
for 34 years who moved to the Antelope Valley upon retirement. He
first relocated with his wife, infant son and father to Toluca Lake
in 1941, taking a job in Lockheed Corp.'s aircraft factory. In 1952,
he lived on Kenneth Road and founded his business, Electric
Haven served on the Burbank City Council from 1963 to 1973,
including two terms as mayor.
“He wanted to contribute to society and wanted to do something
good for the public,” said Linda Sheldon, Haven’s daughter. “He loved
Sheldon’s husband, Howard, added that in the 1960s, long before
the Glendale Galleria and Media City Center were built, Haven
realized the significant revenue possibilities of a mall but became
frustrated when the city didn’t support him.
Haven was a member of the Elks Club and served as a past exalted
ruler. He was also a Shriner and Moose. In addition, he served as the
president of the California League of Cities as well as in several
He served in the U.S. Navy before World War II.
Haven is survived by his wife, Frances; his son, George William
Jr.; his daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Howard Sheldon; daughter
Susan; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations can
be made to the Burbank Elks Lodge #1497, 2232 Hollywood Way, Burbank,